As a resident, business, or other member of the New Jersey community, it is important to know these easy things you can do every day to protect our water.
Limit Your Use of Fertilizers & Pesticides
- Do a soil test to see if you need a fertilizer.
- Do not apply fertilizers if heavy rain is predicted.
- Look into alternatives for pesticides.
- Maintain a small lawn and keep the rest of your property or yard in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that requires little or no fertilizer.
- If you use fertilizers and pesticides, follow the instructions on the label on how to correctly apply it.
Properly Use & Dispose of Hazardous Products
- Hazardous products include some household or commercial cleaning products, lawn and garden care products, motor oil, antifreeze, and paints.
- Do not pour any hazardous products down a storm drain because storm drains are usually connected to local water bodies and the water is not treated.
- If you have hazardous products in your home or workplace, make sure you store or dispose of them properly. Read the label for guidance.
- Use natural or less toxic alternatives when possible.
- Recycle used motor oil.
- Contact your municipality, county or facility management office for the locations of hazardous-waste disposal facilities.
Keep Pollution Out of Storm Drains
- Municipalities and many other public agencies are required to mark certain storm drain inlets with messages reminding people that storm drains are connected to local water bodies.
- Do not let sewage or other wastes flow into a stormwater system.
Clean Up After Your Pet
- Many municipalities and public agencies must enact and enforce local pet-waste rules.
- An example is requiring pet owners or their keepers to pick up and properly dispose of pet waste dropped on public or other people’s property.
- When your pet goes on the lawn, remember it doesn't just go on the lawn.
- Make sure you know your town’s or agency’s requirements and comply with them. It’s the law. And remember to:
- Use newspaper, bags or pooper-scoopers to pick up wastes.
- Dispose of the wrapped pet waste in the trash or unwrapped in a toilet.
- Never discard pet waste in a storm drain.
Don't Feed Wildlife
- Do not feed wildlife, such as ducks and geese, in public areas.
- Many municipalities and other public agencies must enact and enforce a rule that prohibits wildlife feeding in these areas.
- Place litter in trash receptacles.
- Recycle. Recycle. Recycle.
- Participate in community cleanups.
Dispose of Yard Waste Properly
- Keep leaves and grass out of storm drains.
- If your municipality or agency has yard waste collection rules, follow them.
- Use leaves and grass clippings as a resource for compost.
- Use a mulching mower that recycles grass clippings into the lawn.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water
Quality Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control
Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program